The Chinese have used tea for medicinal purposes for centuries and you've probably seen the rows of herbal tea's on your supermarket shelves but did you know that you can make your own herbal tea that not only taste good but can also be used as remedies for common ailments? Making your own tea is pretty easy you simply choose an herb herb mixture that you want to use and chop them up very fine. Use about 2 teaspoons of the herb mixture for a couple of boiling water. you can pour the water right onto the herbs or you can put the herbs in a tea strainer or some kind of a bag so that you won't have all kinds of debris floating around in your tea.
Let the herbs infuse into the hot water for five minutes and you're good to go! Here's some great herbal tea remedies that you can make at home: Peppermint - If you have digestive problems or are worried about bad breath and a peppermint tea might work wonders. Use three or four peppermint leaves and 1 cup of tea. Parsley - if you are retaining fluids then you might want to make a parsley tea since Parsley is a natural diuretic and is also full of vital minerals. Thyme - if you have a cold with lots of congestion you might want to sit on the tea made of thyme. Just pull a few leaves off and infuse your water. Add ginger if you also have a sore throat.
Ginger - Ginger has powerful medicinal properties and can work wonders on lots of ailments and can be particularly helpful in soothing sore throats. To make a tea you want to use fresh ginger root, peel it and cut off three or four slices to infuse in your water. Valerian - If you are having a hard time sleeping a feel anxious time making a tea out of valerian leaves.
Another tea that can help calm you is chamomile. Feverfew - Got a fever? This herb is aptly named as he can help reduce fever, just add a couple small leaves into your tea and sip. Most any herb can be made into a tea and taken for medicinal purposes. When choosing herbs be sure to choose organic herbs that are free from pesticides and other toxins.
It's not a bad idea to grow your own herbs in a window sill container or in your garden and that way you'll have fresh organic herbs ready anytime you need to make an herbal tea infusion.
Lee Dobbins writes for http://tea.topicgiant.com where you can learn more about how you can benefit from drinking tea.